David Wagner has been appointed as the new head coach of Shalke on a three year deal. The former Huddersfield Town manager has been out of coaching role after leaving Terries on mutual consent in January.
The 47-year-old is not new to the Bundesliga having played for Schalke between 1995-97, making 29 appearances for the club and scoring two goals. He also worked under Jurgen Klopp at Borrussia Dortmund as a coach for the reserve side.
The club’s Sporting Director Jochen Schneider said in a statement: “We are delighted to have hired a coach in David Wagner who perfectly fits in with our required profile: someone whose footballing philosophy has his team take the initiative, with intensity and as much speed as possible, but also someone who can build a team with his personality and improve players individually.”
Schalke finished Bundesliga runners-up last season, but have had it tough in 2018/19, only confirming their top-flight status with three games to go. They reached the UEFA Champions League last 16, losing to Manchester City.
“I know from my own experience as a player the strength Schalke have when the team, club and fans pull together,” explained Wagner. “To delve back into this world and make a change for the better in the current situation: that’s my biggest motivation to return to the Bundesliga.”